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Poster: Taper Corey Date: Aug 30, 2013 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: did GD ever...

cover any JJ Cale tunes, besides JGB doing "after midnight"

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 30, 2013 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: did GD ever...

He really only had three famous songs: the two noted and "They Call Me The Breeze" and I don't think the Dead ever tried that. Big hit for Lyndyrd Skynyrd. An overrated songwriter rep (as always imo).

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 30, 2013 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: did GD ever...

I agree overrated as songwriter, but that's only cuz of the "hits" covered by others. The feel/style - that Tulsa sound - is great. Here's some guy named Neil Young talking about it:

Cale's influence on Neil Young is lesser known, but in the biography Shakey, he waxed on about the blues-rocker at length, putting him on a pedestal shared only by Hendrix.

"What is it about JJ Cale’s playing? I mean, you could say Eric Clapton’s the guitar god, but... he can't play like JJ," Young told biographer Jimmy McDonough. "JJ’s the one who played all that s--- first... And he doesn’t play very loud, either — I really like that about him. He’s so sensitive. Of all the players I ever heard, it’s gotta be Hendrix and JJ Cale who are the best electric guitar players. JJ’s my peer, but he doesn’t have the business acumen — he doesn’t have the idea of how to deal with the rest of the world that I do. But musically, he’s actually more than my peer, because he’s got that thing. I don’t know what it is."

Young returned to the subject of Cale in his recent autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, writing, "'Crazy Mama' by JJ Cale is a record I love. The song is true, simple, and direct, and the delivery is very natural." (The song was the closest thing Cale had to a hit single, peaking at No. 22 on the Billboard chart in 1971.) "JJ’s guitar playing is a huge influence on me," Young continued. "His touch is unspeakable. I am stunned by it."

http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/stop-the-presses/jj-cale-why-neil-young-called-him-best-183038172.html

Money quote:
As Cale recalled to Rolling Stone, "Several years ago I got a call saying ‘Do you want to open for Phish?’ I said, ‘Country Joe and the Fish?’”

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Aug 30, 2013 4:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: did GD ever...

'"Several years ago I got a call saying 'Do you want to open for Phish?' I said, 'Country Joe and the Fish?'"'

fucking beautiful

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Aug 31, 2013 3:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: did GD ever...

Bsides his blues friends like Buddy Guy ,B.B.KING and many others Clapton fully admits that besides being a great friend JJ Cale was a mentor to him. His song writing skilss and guitar style just worked for Clapton and I do not think anyone here will deny that Clapton from the age of 16 had his chops down and only improved over time by going back in time listening to Robert Johnson and all the other Missippi Delta blues dudes then moved up to the Chicago style of rockin hard blues.He did not invent this he just took all of the components and put it into his fingers so to speak.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 30, 2013 3:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: did GD ever...

Well Ok. I can accept that. Even though I don't think that much of Neil Young's guitar playing myself.

That quote is lol funny though and sums him up in a nutshell.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Aug 30, 2013 12:14pm
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I know the band did cocaine a bunch of times, just not the song...

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Aug 30, 2013 2:06pm
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cocaine did the band!

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 30, 2013 2:20pm
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Well put. Has anyone ever tried to correlate the usage to the speeding up of songs like Eyes or Weather Report? I personally think that coca caused the band to lose some of its bounce.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 30, 2013 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: did GD ever...

I think this could be a whole separate thread .

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 31, 2013 7:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: did GD ever...

At least a couple of lines......